The Fairly OddParents

TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Creative and fun, with occasional mature humor.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 51 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 149 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show is intended to entertain rather than to educate, though Timmy sometimes picks up a few facts (like why kids need sleep, for instance) during the course of an episode.

Positive Messages

Timmy's wishes gone awry often teach him a lesson about respecting others and himself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the characters aren't any worse role models than those in most other kids' cartoons (except perhaps for Timmy's cruel babysitter), they aren't overtly positive, either. The town depicted is retro and suburban, and there's not a lot of diversity.

Violence & Scariness

Plenty of cartoon roughhousing and physical comedy. Characters get injured but recover instantly.

Sexy Stuff

Some fleeting innuendo.


Occasional crude language, but nothing more serious than "butt ugly."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a lot of cartoon roughhousing and physical comedy -- characters get injured but recover instantly. There's also some fleeting innuendo and mature humor. Timmy often learns a thing or two from his misguided wishes, but the focus here is on cartoon zaniness more than education. Timmy's biggest enemy is his cruel babysitter Vicki -- the youngest viewers may need reassurance/reminding that their real-life babysitters are friendly.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byemerld232 April 9, 2008

I have NEVER liked this show.

I honestly do not understand all the positive reviews of this cartoon. I do not allow my 8 and 5 year old boys to watch this show if I can help it.

This show... Continue reading
Adult Written byJEDI micah May 2, 2012


I grew up watching this show, and I still love it! It is very creative and hilarious! Nothing too violent, sometimes there are moments where each character is h... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 22, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written byi<3edwardculln123 August 22, 2011

can be good

true timmy does back talk to adults and insult his freinds but he has almost evry right to sense he has been neglegted by his parents and was givin a crule baby... Continue reading

What's the story?

Grade-school viewers love watching Timmy (voiced by Tara Strong) -- a normal little boy trying to grow up and figure out the world -- wish for crazy things that he imagines will make his life more bearable. Timmy's fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda (Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee), grant his wishes, but Timmy inevitably wants life back to normal again. Timmy usually thinks he's wishing for something useful or helpful, such as a world without sleep or a cool job for his dad. The results of his wishes help Timmy make discoveries such as why kids need sleep or why just being Timmy's dad is a cool enough job.

Is it any good?

Nickelodeon airs some of the most creative and expertly animated cartoons on television, and it has another winner with THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS. Much like SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents can be fast-paced, raucous, and contain mature humor. Violence played for laughs -- characters squashed, clobbered, blown up, etc. -- isn't unusual, though no one is ever hurt permanently.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Timmy's wishes. What does he learn from making them?

  • What would you wish for? How would your life change if these wishes came true?

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